Asenso-Boakye inducts Sir David Adjaye as a registered member of ARC

Adjaye’s induction follows the completion of ARC processes leading to the licensing of the global icon to practise in Ghana

The Minister of Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye (MP), inducted Sir David Adjaye OBE, one of the world’s most celebrated architects, to practise legally as a registered, licensed member of the Architect Registration Council (ARC) in Ghana today in Accra.

The long-awaited induction ceremony comes after the ARC, the regulatory body for the architectural profession, completed the processes in line with its mandate, to ensure that the global icon of architecture industry can practise as a licensed architect in the country.

In his remarks, Asenso-Boakye said Adjaye’s admission to the licensed Architects’ Register of the ARC will guarantee the required worldwide networking benefit in both theory and practice to other registered members in Ghana’s architecture industry.

Sir David Adjaye is inducted as a member of the ARC

With Sir David’s acclaimed reputation because of his uncompromising defence on high design standards in the architectural space, Asenso-Boakye expressed belief that his licensed membership of the ARC will be another feather in the cap of the Council, whose obligation is to deliver standards and services that demonstrate and reinforce architecture as a noble profession within the building and construction industry.

The sector minister therefore urged professionals in the country’s built environment to respect the need to explore and to change the status quo by coming out with innovative designs that solve challenges, especially within the affordable housing space.

He added that architecture has the potential to be used as a catalyst to boost Ghana’s economic fortunes, as is evident in almost all advanced countries and emerging economies.

Having received the annual practice certificate for 2022, the board chairman of the ARC, Arc Richard Nii Dadey, congratulated Sir David for fulfilling all requirements for the award of a practice licence in Ghana, as well as admission on to the standing register, in conformity with the Architects Act 1969 (NLCD 357).

Works and Housing Minister Asenso Boakye (centre, seated) with Sir David Adjaye (second left) and ministry officials

The board chairman expressed optimism about Adjaye’s ability to use innovation to improve the environment and lives, as well as respond to the inevitable future challenges within the architecture industry.

In his response, Sir David expressed his gratitude to the Council for conferring the honour on him to practise in his home country. He was hopeful that his admission as a certified practitioner in Ghana will inspire a new generation in architecture in Ghana.

Sir David and his firm, Adjaye & Associates, are internationally renowned for innovative and complex architectural masterpieces all over the world, including the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC, Unite States of America, which has won several architecture awards; the Ruby City/Linda Pace Gallery in San Antonio, Texas; the 130 William street tower in New York City, which is under construction; the Holocaust Memorial in London, England; the Hallmark Tower in Johannesburg, South African; the World Bank Headquarters in Dakar, Senegal; the Alara Concept Store in Lagos, Nigeria; the Hugh Masekela Pavilion, also in Johannesburg; and the National Cathedral in Accra, which is in the early stages of construction.

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